A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - June 2015
Tuesday, 9th June 2015
A Sik Mind?
With Dr George Sik BSc (Hons), PhD, C.Psychol, C.Sci, AFBPsS
As we focus on emotional health and wellbeing, it was interesting to read that a survey conducted by People Management suggests that mental health in the workplace is, despite a greater willingness to talk about issues, getting worse.
There can be a world of difference between what we experience and what we care to admit. Psychometric profiling through personality instruments like The Quest Profiler, which has a number of scales that concentrate on feelings and emotions, continually reveal that women report themselves as more prone to stress. Yet it is men who are more likely to experience stress-related illnesses, die earlier from stress-related conditions and, in extreme cases, are nearly twice as likely to successfully commit suicide. It does seem to be more taboo to talk about mental health issues for men, particularly in such ‘alpha male’ environments as professional sport, where it has received a good deal of attention in recent years.
Of course, personality profiling is a self-report technique and, if people are unwilling to admit, even to themselves, that they are having difficulty in coping, the problems can build up. One interesting line of research suggests that, because women allow themselves to worry more on an ongoing basis, they are better primed to deal with a genuine crisis than men and more likely to take it in their stride. Men are more likely to go from a greater degree of calm to extreme panic with more severe consequences.
In every sense, this is a fascinating topic, but difficult to study without one’s own emotions becoming engaged. And did you know that a greater Sensitivity to Criticism contributes to a person being more emotional but less emotionally intelligent? This is definitely an area we could talk about for hours!